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Introduction Peer Learning Activity- Virtual Mobility

  1. 1. Peer Learning Activity “Virtual Mobility”. 12-13 December 2018 Introduction George Ubachs EADTU
  2. 2. PLA participants Higher Education Institutions • Maastricht University • KU Leuven • TU Delft • Open Universiteit Nederland • Open University UK • Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin • Sorbonne University • Università Telematica Internazionale Uninettuno • University of Jyväskylä/Open University • University of Warsaw • UOC Universitat Oberta de Catalunya • KIT Royal Tropical Institute University network organisations • Coimbra Group • Kiron Open Higher Education • European Students Union Public authorities • European Commission • Ministry of Education and Research, Norway Agencies • Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) • DAAD • Diku
  3. 3. Aim of this PLA In this Peer Learning Activity we bring together the stakeholders in international education to reflect on the opportunities offered by virtual mobility. 3
  4. 4. Why this PLA? • Blended and virtual mobility is stimulated in many Erasmus+ actions, in particular in the “European universities” initiative, “strategic partnerships”, “knowledge alliances”, “sector skills” and “capacity building”. The “eU.University hub” for online learning will stimulate and empower universities for online education and virtual mobility. • In the Erasmus+ 2019 call, virtual mobility is defined as “a set of activities supported by Information and Communication Technologies, including e-learning, that realise or facilitate international, collaborative experiences in a context of teaching, training or learning”.
  5. 5. PLA Outcome envisaged The outcome of this PLA will be the identification of the roles of the different stakeholders and the collection of: • Good practices of virtual mobility • New developments in the field of virtual mobility • How virtual mobility can stimulate European university networks • Recommendations at Macro, Meso and Micro level
  6. 6. Basic principles of VM • The core goal of any mobility is providing an international academic experience. In physical mobility, immersion is an important aspect, important for personal development, language learning and living in different social and cultural context. In virtual mobility, an international experience in a blended and online mode, next to the academic experience. • Just like the Erasmus+ programme, this international experience is organised in the framework of a collaboration between two or more universities. Such collaboration is defined in an institutional agreement between two universities (exchange) or within a network or consortium (networked and joint learning activities or curricula). At the individual level, a learning agreement guarantees the rights of the student. Should be the same for PM and VM
  7. 7. Virtual Mobility For more than ten years, EADTU and other organisations have organized projects on these issues. Recently, EADTU has developed an international collaboration and mobility matrix, defining different types of collaboration and physical, blended and online mobility in a perspective of innovation and established a Task Force VM
  8. 8. EADTU Mobility Matrix 8
  9. 9. Task Force Virtual Mobility The group of experts consists of EADTU member an non- member university representatives with a specific field of expertise or interest in virtual mobility Members are; • George Ubachs (EADTU; Chair) • Esther Souto (UNED) • Carme Anguera Iglesias (UOC) • Katrien Vanelven (KU-Leuven) • Susanne Koch (Norgesuniversitetet) • Sabine Bottin (FIED-UPMC) Non-member participants: • Marinke Sussenbach (TU-Delft) • Sarah Guth, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange consortium • Barbara Moser Mercer, InZone |Université de Genève • LERU and COIMBRA are represented by some of the TF-members
  10. 10. GOALS 10 • Achieve a common understanding of virtual mobility • Analyse positive and negative forces on further exploring virtual mobility schemes and mainstreaming • Identify ways forward and lower thresholds for virtual mobility and by stimulating innovation in education • Identify the expertise needed and ways of sharing at European level • Identify VM from university, teacher and student perspectives • Define recommendations at Macro, Meso and Micro level • Identify innovative projects related to VM • Identify the different approaches represented by good practices
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  12. 12. PLA-VM FOCUS Good practices of virtual mobility • making an inventory of current good practices concerning virtual mobility VM models • making an inventory of cooperation models for virtual exchange programs New developments in the field of virtual mobility • Sharing of current institutional and curriculum-level plans for the development of VM • Identifying opportunities and obstacles in VM at institutional and student level How virtual mobility can stimulate European university networks • exploring the potential of VM within European university networks • generating (political) support for VM becoming a mainstream mobility scheme 12
  13. 13. End result PLA-VM report 13 • The report will be the result of presentations, cases and workshop discussions that are part of this PLA (basic principles, conceptualisation of approaches, good practices, support, expertise, opportunities and barriers,..) In short, mapping VM developments in Europe. • The report offers recommendations, guidance and support for the work of the stakeholders in VM (Micro, Meso and Macro level) The report will be presented at the EADTU-EU Summit; 30th April 2019 in Brussels, then widely shared amongst stakeholders European wide
  14. 14. Outline of PLA Programme 14
  15. 15. 15 Outline of PLA Programme
  16. 16. ENJOY! George Ubachs 16